Atkinson Island WMA

Phone: (409) 736-2551
10 Parks & Wildlife Dr.
Port Arthur, TX 77640

Contact: Michael Rezsutek

Dates Open: Open year round


The Atkinson Island WMA is the northern portion of Atkinson Island, a long, narrow island in the very northern tip of Galveston Bay on the edge of Harris and Chambers County. The island, south of Hogg Island, runs north and south and the island south of the WMA is actively being used for marsh creation by the local port authority. The land for Atkinson Island WMA was donated by Conoco, Inc. as a wildlife preserve area.

Wildlife includes shore and wading birds, raccoons and rattlesnakes. Because it is a preserve, hunting is not permitted in Atkinson Island WMA. There is 40 acres of woodlot composed of mainly hackberry and yaupon. Another 90 acres segment is brackish marsh and then 20 acres is a spoils site left from dredging the channel. Visitors will need either a Limited Public Use permit or Annual Public Hunting permit to access the WMA. Visitors are requested to not disturb nesting shorebirds in spring and summer. Visitation is restricted to boat access only.

Please Note
  • There aren't any restroom facilities.
  • Bring your own drinking water.
  • Insect repellant is recommended for mosquitoes.
  • The extreme humidity and heat during April through October should be considered when planning a visit.